Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Water safety message from the Toronto Police Service Marine Unit

Water safety message from the Toronto Police Service Marine Unit

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 9:06 AM

The Toronto Police Service Marine Unit would like to remind everyone about water and boating safety. 

People spending time on our lake and/or on our beaches should remember to always respect the water and all the potential dangers. Cold-water immersion can be a serious threat. We always recommend wearing a lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device as the first defence to avoid any tragedy when involved in water-related activities. It is the law to have lifejackets and/or PFDs onboard our vessels or crafts but it is also recommended to have them on because they are only effective if they are worn.

With all the different activities, such as sailing, fishing, stand-up paddle-boarding, kite-boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and jet-skiing, taking place in and around our waterfronts, it is important to remember that everyone has the obligation to obey the laws and share the lake. It is also important to remember that alcohol consumption and water activities are a poor combination and should be avoided as the effects of alcohol are intensified on the water. We should also remember to check the marine forecasts and be aware of incoming weather and potential severe storm systems. We all have the right to a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

And now that our beaches are officially open, it is also important to remember that "ALL CRAFT" are restricted from designated swim areas along the Toronto beaches. These areas are clearly marked and flagged using an internationally recognized system. Signs are also posted in the areas for designated craft-launch areas.

Water safety is a shared responsibility between the communities that use the waterfront and the members of the Marine Unit who police them. Help us to do our job by understanding the rules and following them. Have the right equipment and use it accordingly to avoid misfortune. Remember, the best protection you can give yourself on the water is to wear your lifejacket.

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For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Richard Baker, Marine Unit Community Safety Officer

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